Friday, March 27, 2009

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Joseph LeDoux and R.L. Stine

NYU Professor, neuroscientist, and mental rocker Joseph LeDoux recently sat down to chat with R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series. This was part of the Rubin Museum’s lab-like Brainwave series.

Click here to listen to the conversation (courtesy of WNYC).

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2009 Food For Thought Film Festival


Martha Ma (WSC '94) is a food and media educator and producer, community chef and health counselor. She is the host and producer of "The Tasty Life," a bi-weekly television show on Manhattan Public Access channel 57, and the editor of the e-newsletter, "Eater's Digest." She is also executive producer of the Food for Thought Film Festival, a showcase of films about our life sustaining resources: FOOD and WATER.

The festival begins on April 11, 2009 at the Action Center to End World Hunger downtown and will conclude on April 18, 2009 at the Columbia University Medical Center Alumni Auditorium uptown. This event is FREE to the public to encourage maximum community attendance. The program will run from 1pm to 8:30pm showcasing four feature length films, three short films, guest speakers, and filmmakers. The detailed schedule and directions can be found at

This year's Film Fest focuses on several crucial issues: access to clean food and water; local and sustainable agriculture; and the effects of policy on small American farmers. Our goal is to promote dialogue within communities and to inspire action. For more information please visit

For more information on Martha and Naniola Productions please click here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Itsy Bitsy Bra Bar


We always love featuring entrepreneurial alumni on this blog and we'll post another interview in the coming weeks with alumna Alicia Polak, who has created the Khaya Cookie Company. It's a wonderful company with a great cause and a delicious product!

Today's featured alumna is Vitra Singh (CAS '04) and she has started the Itsy Bitsy Bra Bar, one of the few online sites exclusively for petite women. The company aims to reach out to women whom, after browsing through department stores and catalogues for hours, still simply cannot find bras, panties, or lingerie suited for their small frame.

Owner, Vitra Singh, was born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The 26-year old is a graduate of New York University and studied Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications. After a combination of working and travelling, Singh decided to attend an MBA program in South Florida. During some girl-talk with two friends about hating to shop for the simple fact that nothing ever fit, the three came up with the idea for a store catering to small women, who can never find small underwear.

Please click here to read our interview with Vitra.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Maurice Walsh Talks With Pete Hamill

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, the BBC's Maurice Walsh will talk with Pete Hamill about the role of journalists in the Irish revolution, one of the many events taking place at the Glucksman Ireland House.

Maurice Walsh, distinguished foreign correspondent for the BBC, discusses his book The News from Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) with Pete Hamill. The News from Ireland examines the development of the Anglo-Irish war and the shifts in the reporting of events by British and American correspondents as well as other foreign journalists and literary figures, with revealing insights into the propaganda war and the ways in which both the British and the Irish tried to interest journalists in their cause. Maurice Walsh also emphasizes the power of public opinion to influence the British government and analyzes the effect this had on the course of the revolution.

Free admission.

In order to ensure a seat, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Looking for Adventure? Come Travel The World!


We have mentioned the numerous travel opportunities available to you. For more information on these and other travel opportunities, call (212) 998-6985 or email Be sure to mention you saw this on the NYU Arts and Science Alumni Blog and the first 20 alumni to sign up for a trip will win an NYU Alumni hat! Happy and safe travels!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Congratulations, Osceola L. Fletcher!

We are pleased to announce that Osceola L. Fletcher ('54 GSAS, Steinhardt) is one of seven New York City employees who will be presented with the 2009 Sloan Public Service Awards in recognition of his service to the city government. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will present the award today in a ceremony in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union.

Taken from the NYTimes Blog:

Osceola L. Fletcher, a community relations specialist in the crime prevention division of the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, is 87 and the oldest and longest-serving recipient of the award, with 60 years of government service. A World War II veteran, he completed college under the G.I. bill and began a 24-year career in the Police Department in 1948.

While earning two master’s degrees from New York University — in English literature and secondary education — he rose from patrolman, to detective and then sergeant of a narcotics squad, where he first met a young defense lawyer, Charles J. Hynes. After his retirement in 1973, he began a second stellar career as a public school teacher at Boys High School in Brooklyn.

A resident of Crown Heights, Mr. Fletcher has since 1990 worked for Mr. Hynes, who was elected district attorney in 1989. He has worked to educate young people, improve relations between minority communities and law enforcement and helped advise the elderly on ways to avoid fraud.

Congratulations, Mr. Fletcher, for your amazing work over the years from all of us at NYU Arts and Science!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Event of the Week: A Reginald Shepherd Tribute

There are so many wonderful events taking place on campus it's difficult to showcase all of them. We will try to start featuring more of these events on this blog as many of our readers have emailed us to say it's very helpful and that the events they have gone to have been incredible. So, here's an event we think you will definitely enjoy:

A Reginald Shepherd Tribute
Thursday, March 12th, 7:00 p.m.

Timothy Donnelly, Marilyn Hacker, Timothy Liu, Kevin Prufer, Evie Shockley, Susan Stewart, and Yerra Sugarman
A beloved and admired poet, critic and teacher, Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008) inspired many with his passionate commitment to poetry, an art he viewed as inextricably connected to history, politics and everyday life. With readings by Timothy Donnelly, Marilyn Hacker, Timothy Liu, Kevin Prufer, Evie Shockley, Susan Stewart and Yerra Sugarman

Co-sponsored by Cave Canem and Poets House
Location: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

For more information please call 212-998-8816

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Upcoming NYU Regional Events: Long Island and Connecticut

For those of you who live near Long Island or Connecticut, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the two upcoming regional events. An opportunity for you to come out, meet alumni and some of our staff. Alumni have said such positive things about our regional events and the speakers who present at these events. Below are all the details and we do hope to see you there.

Long Island, NY
Greening The Government
Putting Policy Into Practice
Featuring NYU Professor Dale Jamieson

Tuesday, March 23, 2009
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Register Here

Join NYU alumni, parents and friends from your community for a very special evening of lively discussion with Professor Dale Jamieson.

Are you driving a Prius yet? Will you turn off your computer after you register for this event? Should there be a law to make sure that you do?

Join NYU Professor Dale Jamieson as he offers up some advice to the Obama administration on why bailing out our climate should have a spot on the To Do list.

Dale Jamieson is the Director of Environmental Studies at NYU, where he is also Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy. His most recent book is Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction, and is the co-author of a major report to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Westbury Manor
1100 Jericho Turnpike
Westbury, New York

RSVP by March 18, 2009

Greenwich, Connecticut
Teaching Journalism in the Avalanche:
How do we Adapt to a Changing World?

Featuring NYU Professor Brooke Kroeger

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Register Here

Join NYU alumni, parents and friends from your community for a very special evening of lively discussion with Professor Brooke Kroeger.

With the rise of the Internet, blogging, citizen journalism, and social networking, why do we still need to train students in the art of journalism? According to Brooke Kroeger, director of NYU's Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism, teaching budding journalists is more important than ever because of the lack of filters on the way we consume our news and information. Join us to hear more about how NYU is uniquely positioned to set the course for journalists in our ever evolving society.

Former New York Newsday deputy metropolitan editor and UN correspondent Brooke Kroeger is the director of NYU's Carter Journalism Institute. She has written about everything from local and state politics to sports, and early in her career, she spent eight years overseas with the United Press International after four years with the agency in Chicago. She was Tel Aviv bureau chief for three years before returning to London to serve as the agency's chief editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is the author of biographies of Nellie Bly and Fannie Hurst and a book about the phenomenon of passing for what one is not. Currently, she is researching a book on undercover reporting for the Visions of the American Press Book Series of Northwestern University Press.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT

RSVP by March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Featured Professor: Robert Hinton, Africana Studies at New York University


Today we'd like to spotlight Robert Hinton, Associate Director of Africana Studies at New York University. Born in Raleigh, N.C., in 1941, he grew up in the city's historically black Chavis Heights district. In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. in American History from Yale University. For his dissertation, Cotton Culture on the Tar River (published by Garland as The Politics of Agricultural Labor), he devoted extensive research to the plantation culture of central North Carolina and plantation-owning families including the Hintons; he believes that his grandfather, Dempsey Hinton, was born a slave at Midway Plantation around 1860. Dr. Hinton, who supervised all historical research for Moving Midway, lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the artist and choreographer Annie Sailer, and his daughter Phoebe.

Professor Hinton is featured in an article in today's Washington Post that tells the story of how he came together by sheer coincidence with Manhattan film critic/director Godfrey Cheshire and the relationship that was developed during the filming of Cheshire's first film, "Moving Midway".

To read this fascinating article please click here.

Here's a little blurb about the Documentary:
When New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire returns home to North Carolina in early 2004 and hears that his cousin Charlie Silver plans to uproot and move the buildings of Midway Plantation, their family’s ancestral home, an extraordinary, emotional journey begins.

Charlie’s plan is a controversial one within their extended family. Some fear the move will destroy Midway. Others worry about the reaction of the plantation’s ghosts, including Miss Mary “Mimi” Hinton, Midway’s eccentric owner when Charlie and Godfrey were kids.

There’s another group who may be concerned too. Charlie says he was recently visited by a man who claimed that their family has a large, previously unknown African-American branch, due to a liaison between Midway’s builder and a plantation slave.

Back in New York, Cheshire fortuitously encounters Dr. Robert Hinton, an NYU professor of African-American studies who says his grandfather was born a slave at Midway.

While beginning a dialogue on the meaning of Midway from their very different perspectives, Cheshire and Dr. Hinton examine how the Southern plantation, a crucial economic institution in early America, generated a powerful, bitterly contested mythology that was at the center of a string of American cultural milestones, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind and Roots.

Interested in finding out more about Moving Midway? Check out the website.